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'Part survivors, part mourners': How war in Syria is giving new roles to its women

January 19, 2020 10:12 pm

Eight years and counting of bloodshed have condemned a generation of Syrian men to their deaths, to prison or to precarious lives as refugees. Now, with most of the country once again under government control, yet ruptured beyond recognition, moving forward is up to the women left behind: part survivors, part mourners, part mop-up crew.

War in Syria drives out Christian community

January 18, 2020 9:09 pm

Three months into the offensive, more than 200,000 people have been displaced according to the United Nations. Many are settling in the empty houses left behind by local Christians in the Khabur valley. Edmon Lunan is among the few local villagers who have ruled out leaving Tal Hafyan.

Trump aides call US strikes on Iraq and Syria 'successful,' warn of potential further action

December 30, 2019 9:42 am

The US military carried out the strikes on Sunday against the Kataib Hezbollah militia group in response to the killing of a US civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, officials said.

Airstrikes on rebel-held northwestern Syrian town kill 7

December 21, 2019 9:51 pm

The latest casualties in the town of Saraqeb came as government forces captured two new villages on the southern edge of Idlib.

Bomb attacks kill 5, injure dozens in Syria's Qamishli

November 12, 2019 8:18 am

A series of bomb attacks have struck towns and villages in northern Syria in the past year, including in the SDF region.

Tayyip Erdogan says US not fulfilling Syria deal ahead of Trump talks

November 07, 2019 3:42 pm

A month ago, Turkey launched a cross-border offensive with Syrian rebels against Kurdish YPG fighters and after seizing control of a 120 km (75 miles) swathe of territory reached a deal with the United States to keep them out of that area.

Russia dominated Syria’s war. Now it’s sending mercenaries to Libya

November 06, 2019 10:26 am

After four years of behind-the-scenes financial and tactical support for a would-be Libyan strongman, Russia is now pushing far more directly to shape the outcome of Libya’s messy civil war.

Syria talks: Possible path toward peace, or another dead end

November 01, 2019 11:36 am

Syria's government and opposition have delicately sat down for their first face-to-face talks, amid hopes of millions of Syrians that they could be a step toward ending the country's devastating 8-and-a-half-year war.

The killing al-Baghdadi does not reduce the threat from the Islamic State

October 31, 2019 11:41 am

Soon enough, the ISIS core will anoint a new Caliph, to whom all the wilayas (branches) and extremists and supporters will readily offer allegiance (bayat) to, while paying rich tribute to the “fallen hero”.

Iran, Russia lash out at US plans to protect oil in Syria

October 30, 2019 10:01 am

Lavrov joined Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Geneva to lend support to UN-backed talks among Syrian government, opposition and civil society delegations on the country's constitution starting Wednesday.


Ten days on the Turkish border with Syria

October 23, 2019 7:07 am

According to the Kurdish Red Crescent, 44 civilians were killed and 171 wounded since the attack began on Oct. 9. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human puts the death toll higher, saying 86 people have been killed, including 21 children.

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

October 11, 2019 9:44 am

At least seven civilians and three members of the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in the Turkish bombardment, Kurdish activists and a Syria war monitor said.

Refugee women find relief in Greece soccer

July 11, 2019 6:58 am

The United Nations Refugee Agency, known as the UNHCR, says there were 76,100 pending asylum claims in Greece at the end of 2018, in a report prepared for World Refugee Day on Thursday.

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

March 08, 2019 7:57 am

With the militants besieged on three sides by the SDF and civilians continuing to leave the pocket, a military defeat of the IS fighters seemed inevitable, though it wasn't clear how many fighters remained in Baghouz

Trump move to pull US troops from Syria opens way to turmoil

December 21, 2018 2:10 pm

Trump's declaration of victory was far from unanimous, and officials said U.S. defense and military leaders were trying to dissuade him from ordering the withdrawal right up until the last minute.

With little aid, Syria's Raqqa struggles to revive schools

November 28, 2018 6:50 am

More than a year since the United States and its allies defeated Islamic State at Raqqa, many of the city’s schools still look like battlefields with buildings left lying in rubble and playgrounds dotted with wrecked cars

Defining pictures of 2016: From Syria civil war to US elections, a glimpse into the year that was

December 15, 2016 5:35 pm

From the migrant crisis to the civil war in Syria and the US elections, here is a collection of some of the best moments in 2016.

Syria: Leading Russian musicians hold concert in Palmyra's ruined theatre

May 07, 2016 3:45 pm

Leading Russian musicians on May 5 staged a classical concert in the ancient theatre of Syria's ravaged Palmyra in a show by the Kremlin to herald its successes in the war-torn country.

Love in the time of war: Stunning wedding photography amid the Syrian ruins

February 14, 2016 4:49 pm

Jafar Meray — a Syrian photographer who has photographed newlyweds in the backdrop of war-torn Syria's ruins — has created quite a buzz on social media.

Canada welcomes first batch of Syrian refugees at Toronto airport

December 11, 2015 7:54 pm

Canada welcomed 163 Syrian refugees, taking in the first of a planned 25,000 in a matter of months and promising them a better life as they flee their country's horrific war.


The doctor who became an enemy of the Syrian regime

September 05, 2018 1:37 pm

Since the beginning of Syria’s civil war, the Bashar Al-Assad government has targeted and killed hundreds of medical workers. Many have fled. This is the story of one doctor, Mohammed al-Bardan, who did not.

Hopes and fears for the Syria ceasefire

February 23, 2016 5:58 pm